Polymer Engineering Faculty Research


Complex constitutive adhesive models

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A complete approach to modeling adhesives and adhesive joints needs to include considerations for: deformation theories, viscoelasticity, singularity methods, bulk adhesive as composite material, adhesively bonded joint as composite and the concept of the “interphase”, damage models, and the effects of cure and processing conditions on the mechanical behavior. The adherend surfaces have distinct topographies, which result in a collection of miniature joints in micron, and even nano scale when bonded adhesively. The methods of continuum mechanics can be applied to this collection of miniature joints by assuming continuous, or a combination of continuous/discontinuous interphase zones.

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Modeling of Adhesively Bonded Joints

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